ACCESSIBILITY CUSTOMER SERVICE POLICY

This policy is intended to meet the requirements of the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service, Ontario Regulation 429/07 under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and applies to the provision of goods and services to the public or other third parties, not the goods themselves.

All goods and services provided by Windermere House Corporation shall follow the principles of dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity.

  1. This policy applies to the provision of goods and services at premises owned and operated by Windermere House Corporation

  2. This policy applies to employees, volunteers, agents and/or contractors who deal with the public or other third parties that act on behalf of Windermere House Corporation including when the provision of goods and services occurs off the premises of Windermere House Corporation such as in: catering, spa facilities, health clubs, pools, concierge, gift shops, housekeeping, room service, central reservation centers and third party marketing agencies.

  3. The section of the policy that addresses the use of guide dogs, service animals and service dogs only applies to the provision of goods and services that take place at premises owned and operated by Windermere House Corporation

  4. This policy shall also apply to all persons who participate in the development of Windermere House Corporation’s policies, practices and procedures governing the provision of goods and services to members of the public or third parties.

A technical aid, communication device or other instrument that is used to maintain or improve the functional abilities of people with disabilities. Personal assistive devices are typically devices that guests bring with them such as a wheelchair, walker or a personal oxygen tank that might assist in hearing, seeing, communicating, moving, breathing, remembering and/or reading.

The term disability as defined by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005,and the Ontario Human Rights Code, refers to:

Any degree of physical disability, infirmity, malformation or disfigurement that is caused by bodily injury, birth defect or illness and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, includes diabetes mellitus, epilepsy, a brain injury, any degree of paralysis, amputation, lack of physical co-ordination, blindness or visual impediment, deafness or hearing impediment, muteness or speech impediment, or physical reliance on a guide dog or other animal or on a wheelchair or other remedial appliance or device a condition of mental impairment or a developmental disability; a learning disability, or dysfunction in one or more of the processes involved in understanding or using symbols or spoken language; a mental disorder; or an injury or disability for which benefits were claimed or received under the insurance plan established under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997.

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code

A highly-trained working dog that has been trained at one of the facilities listed in Ontario Regulation 58 under the Blind Persons’ Rights Act, to provide mobility, safety and increased independence for people who are blind.

As reflected in Ontario Regulation 429/07, an animal is a service animal for a person with a disability if:

It is readily apparent that the animal is used by the person for reasons relating to his or her disability; or the person provides a letter from a physician or nurse confirming that the person requires the animal for reasons relating to the disability.

Ontario Regulation 429/07

As reflected in Health Protection and Promotion Act, Ontario Regulation 562 a dog other than a guide dog for the blind is a service dog if it is readily apparent to an average person that the dog functions as a service dog for a person with a medical disability; or the person who requires the dog can provide on request a letter from a physician or nurse confirming that the person requires a service dog.

As reflected in Ontario Regulation 429/07, a support person means, in relation to a person with a disability, another person who accompanies him or her in order to help with communication, mobility, personal care, medical needs or access to goods and services.

In accordance with the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service, Ontario Regulation 429/07, this policy addresses the following:

  1. The Provision of Goods and Services to Persons with Disabilities
  2. The Use of Assistive Devices
  3. The Use of Guide Dogs, Service Animals and Service Dogs
  4. The Use of Support Persons
  5. Notice of Service Disruptions
  6. Customer Feedback
  1. The Provision of Goods and Services to Persons with Disabilities
    Windermere House Corporation will make every reasonable effort to ensure that its policies, practices and procedures are consistent with the principles of dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity by: ensuring that all guests receive the same value and quality allowing guests with disabilities to do things in their own ways, at their own pace when accessing goods and services as long as this does not present a safety risk; using alternative methods when possible to ensure that guests with disabilities have access to the same services, in the same place and in a similar manner; taking into account individual needs when providing goods and services; and communicating in a manner that takes into account the guest's disability.

  2. Assistive Devices

    1. Guest’s own assistive device(s):
      Persons with disabilities may use their own assistive devices as required when accessing goods or services provided by Windermere House Corporation.

      In cases where the assistive device presents a safety concern or where accessibility might be an issue, other measures will be used to ensure the access of goods and services.

      For example, open flames and oxygen tanks cannot be near one another. Therefore, the accommodation of a guest with an oxygen tank may involve extinguishing candles and ensuring the guest is seated in a location that would be considered safe for both the guest and other patrons. Or, where elevators are not present and a guest requires assistive devices for the purposes of mobility, Windermere House Corporation will make every reasonable effort to provide Hotel/ Motel rooms that are easily accessible.

    2. Assistive devices provided by Windermere House Corporation:
      The following assistive devices are available, on a first come first serve basis and upon request, to assist guests in accessing our goods and services:

      • Anti-Slip Rubber Mats

      • Bath Benches

      • Raised Seating Platforms

      • Wheelchairs

  3. Guide Dogs / Service Dogs
    A guest with a disability that is accompanied by a guide dog, service animal or service dog will be allowed access to premises that are open to the public unless otherwise excluded by law. “No pet” policies do not apply to guide dogs, service animals and/or service dogs.

    1. Food Service Areas:
      A guest with a disability that is accompanied by a guide dog or service dog will be allowed access to food service areas that are open to the public unless otherwise excluded by law. Other types of service animals are not permitted into food service areas due to the Health Protection and Promotion Act, Ontario Regulation 562.

    2. Exclusion Guidelines:
      If a guide dog, service animal or service dog is excluded by law (see applicable laws below)
      Windermere House Corporation will offer alternative methods to enable the person with a disability to access goods and services, when possible (for example, securing the animal in a safe location and offering the guidance of an employee).

    3. Applicable Laws:
      The Health Protection and Promotion Act, Ontario Regulation 562 Section 60, normally does not allow animals in places where food is manufactured, prepared, processed, handled, served, displayed, stored, sold or offered for sale. It does allow guide dogs and service dogs to go into places where food is served, sold or offered for sale. However, other types of service animals are not included in this exception.

    4. Dog Owners' Liability Act, Ontario: If there is a conflict between a provision of this Act or of a regulation under this or any other Act relating to banned breeds (such as pitbulls) and a provision of a by-law passed by a municipality relating to these breeds, the provision that is more restrictive in relation to controls or bans on these breeds prevails.

    5. Recognizing a Guide Dog, Service Dog and/or Service Animal:
      If it is not readily apparent that the animal is being used by the guest for reasons relating to his or her disability, Windermere House Corporation may request verification from the guest. Verification may include:

      • a letter from a physician or nurse confirming that the person requires the animal for reasons related to the disability;

      • a valid identification card signed by the Attorney General of Ontario; or,

      • a certificate of training from a recognized guide dog or service animal training school .

    6. Care and Control of the Animal:
      The guest that is accompanied by a guide dog, service dog and/or service animal is responsible for maintaining care and control of the animal at all time.

    7. Allergies:
      If a health and safety concern presents itself, for example in the form of a severe allergy to the animal, Windermere House Corporation will make all reasonable efforts to meet the needs of all individuals.

  4. Support Persons
    If a guest with a disability is accompanied by a support person, Windermere House Corporation will ensure that both persons are allowed to enter the premises together and that the guest is not prevented from having access to the support person.

    In situations where confidential information might be discussed, consent will be obtained from the guest, prior to any conversation where confidential information might be discussed.

    1. Admission Fees:
      $25.00 per night fee plus 7% service fee & HST for shared accommodations will be charged to the support person for admission to Windermere House Corporations premises if staying overnight. Guests will be informed of this by a notice that will be posted in Windermere House Corporation premises and during the time the reservation is being made.

  5. Notice of Disruptions in Service
    Service disruptions may occur due to reasons that may or may not be within the control or knowledge of Windermere House Corporation. In the event of any temporary disruptions to facilities or services that guests with disabilities rely on to access or use Windermere House Corporation’s goods or services, reasonable efforts will be made to provide advanced notice. In some circumstances such as in the situation of unplanned temporary disruptions, advance notice may not be possible.
     

    1. Notifications Will Include:
      In the event that a notification needs to be posted the following information will be included unless it is not readily available or known:

      • goods or services that are disrupted or unavailable

      • reason for the disruption

      • anticipated duration

      • a description of alternative services or options

    2. Notifications Options:
      When disruptions occur Windermere House Corporation will provide notice by:

      • posting notices in conspicuous places including at the point of disruption at the main entrance and the nearest accessible entrance to the service disruption.

      • contacting guests with reservations;

      • verbally notifying guests when they are making a reservation; or

      • by any other method that may be reasonable under the circumstances.

  6. Feedback Process
    Windermere House Corporation shall provide guests with the opportunity to provide feedback on the service provided to guests with disabilities. Information about the feedback process will be readily available to all guests and notice of the process will be made available in the guest directory and our website. Feedback such as verbally (in person or by telephone) or written (hand written, delivered, website or email), will be available upon request.

Submitting Feedback:

        Guests are asked to please submit your feedback to the Front Desk.

        705-769-3611        

        Box 68 2508 Windermere Rd.

        Windermere ON P0B 1P0


Guests who wish to provide feedback by completing an onsite customer feedback form or verbally can do so to Front Desk Supervisor, or Resort Manager.

Guests that provide formal feedback will receive acknowledgement of their feedback, along with any resulting actions based on concerns or complaints that were submitted.

 

 
 
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